Richardson throws two TD passes, runs for one but Taft is blanked in second half

Vaughan Richardson passed for 304 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another but it wasn't enough as Taft Union High School dropped its season opener to Golden Valley 41-31 Friday night.

The Wildcats held a 31-18 lead with just a few seconds left in the first half but the Bulldogs scored on a 40-yard TD passand added a two-point conversion to close the score to 31-26.

The Wildcats were blanked in the second half as the Bulldogs rallied for the win.

In the junior varsity game, freshman running back Josh Sailor led the Wildcats to a 26-7 win.

See Tuesday's Taft Midway Driller print edition for complete report on the games and all the local sports activity.